Gittins explores the tensions and contradictions implicit in notions of children and childhood, examining how children can represent innocence, beauty and hope, while at the same time they are neglected, disenfranchised and abused
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-226) and index
Is childhood socially constructed? -- Who owns children? -- Is there a child within? -- What do children represent? -- Are children innocent? -- Children's sexuality: why do adults panic?